5330 Cane Ridge Rd, Antioch, TN
Meet in the Target parking lot toward the Steak 'N' Shake end.
Meeting Time: 7:00 AM
Meeting Place: Target Hickory Hollow
Estimated Drive Time One Way: 1.5 - 2 hours
Hike Distance: 7 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 5 hours
Trip Leader: Eve
Dogs: Yes, on leashes
This strenuous hike explores the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. The 3.5-mile trail descends steeply into the Walls of Jericho natural amphitheater, crossing many creeks and streams. We will have lunch at the base of the gorge before climbing the 3.5 miles back to the cars. We will hike in and out from the Alabama side of the trail.
This is not an easy hike. Be prepared for mud, slippery spots, and many wet crossings. Do not attempt this hike if you are unsteady on your feet or are not in good shape.
Bring good hiking boots, trekking poles if you use them, lunch/snacks, your camera, and plenty of water. We'll meet at Target Hickory Hollow and carpool from there. Be sure to offer gas money to your carpool driver.
Also I recommend you pack water shoes or sandals to change into to make the last creek crossing. We'll change out of our boots into water shoes, then change back after we come back over Turkey Creek.
Optional dinner at Crust Pizza in Sewanee afterward.
Two resources on Walls of Jericho:
Kelly's GPS map on Backpacker Magazine site
State Natural Area page DIRECTIONS:
From Nashville take I-24 east toward Chattanooga. Take exit 127 on Highway 64 and turn right toward Winchester (do not miss this exit or you'll be stuck heading up Monteagle!). Stay on Highway 64 for about 15 miles and turn south on Hwy 16 and go about 18 miles to the trailhead on the Alabama side. You'll pass a couple of entrances to the trail before you hit the Alabama state line, so make sure you cross the state line.
Click here for directions from Target I-24 to Walls of Jericho.
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